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Mallard duck shot in Countrywood Shopping Center

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 7:00 am in Uncategorized.

Dear Gary:
On Thursday night, March 27, I noticed at male Mallard duck unable to walk (scooting on his belly) in the middle of the driveway in front of the duck pond at Countrywood Shopping Center in Walnut Creek (California). Myself and three other people stopped to help the duck and get him into a box to go to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum on Friday morning — he had an obviously injured leg.

Monday afternoon, I called the Museum to check on the duck and they told me they were unable to save him due to his numerous injuries and problem. The most disturbing of these injuries was the discovery he had been shot numerous times with a BB gun.

He also had a fractured wing and leg and an enlarged heart. This possibly made the duck unable to fly and a target for the abusers.

I cannot express the sorrow for the duck and anger I felt toward whoever would do this to an innocent creature. The Lindsay Museum said I did the best thing for him bringing him in — as he would have suffered a long, painful death in the wild waiting to die.

Gary, please ask your readers to watch for anyone abusing an animal in any way and report them to the police immediately. It is illegal to shoot a BB gun within the Walnut Creek city limits. No one should be using one, period.

If anyone saw anything suspicious around the Countrywood Shopping Center that week (or at anytime!) or in the canal area next to it, please report it to the local authorities. I have alerted everyone in authority I can think of. Hopefully your readers can help as well. (Deborah Wellborn in cyberspace)

Dear Deborah:
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I’m sure if anyone saw this happen, they will contact the Walnut Creek Police Department and the Contra Costa Animal Services Department in Martinez.

This kind of stuff just can’t be allowed to happen. /Gary

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  1. sharon amato Says:

    I work in Shadelands Industrial park in Walnut Creek where many ducks, geese, turtles, etc., make their way down the streams daily. My co-workers and I have noticed some disturbing disappearances amoung the babies born at the park. We have had several sets of baby geese disappear and the mommas are then left to grieve. This week there were 4 small gosslings that disappeared, all in one night, no signs of feathers anywhere. I suspect that “man” is the culprit. They would have to be very experienced to get the babies away from mom and dad. Do you have any other ideas. It is very sad to see babies one day (after enjoying them for about 2 weeks)then the next day they are gone.

    Can you help?

  2. Gary Bogue Says:

    I doubt that “man” had anything directly to do with it. Baby ducklings and geese in suburban and urban areas have a very high mortality rate because of all the predators that are after them. They get preyed on, day and night, by raccoons, opossums, skunks, foxes, coyotes, hawks, owls, cars (run over), dogs and house cats. I’m surprised that any survive. /Gary

  3. Richard Says:

    Hello, We have a goose couple visit every year. Supposedly the same 2 geese come back every year. We have a small pond with and island that the geese nest on every year. It’s such a ritual of rebuilding the nest, “honking” other geese away, and keeping watch for predators. Every year something mysterious happens. They all disappear! After a day or even half a day the new born geese and the parents just disappear. Thank goodness that we don’t have to step in goose poop for most of the summer while the little ones are raised. This is a natural occurence since other wild animals have to eat! We have fox,raccoons,hawks, and no telling what else that might eat a little goose. Year after year the same thing. They are nice to watch while they nest but good riddance.

  4. Johnny smart Says:

    I think that it is wrong that you have so many animals and that what you are doning!!~

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